If you’re the parent of a tween or just on the pulse of things happening with the younger crowd, you’re probably aware of the latest trend to come out of generation Z: the VSCO girl.
UrbanDictionary.com's top definition of a VSCO girl paints a clear but still somewhat questionable conclusion:
VSCO GIRL- Wears oversized t-shirts or sweatshirt with Nike shorts. Has Vans, Crocs, Birks, and wears a shell necklace. She also wears tube tops and Jean shorts. She always has a hydroflask. She can't leave home without a scrunchie and her favorite car is a jeep.https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=VSCO%20GIRL
How to Spot a VSCO Girl
VSCO girls are easy to spot, since they adopt a very specific set of habits, views, and accessories.
- Birkenstock sandals
- Loves TikTok and Instagram
- Homemade friendship bracelets
- Female empowerment
- Environmental activism
- Oversized t-shirts and hoodies -OR- crop tops.
- Minimal makeup with a focus on skincare a la Glossier
Is the VSCO Girl Trend Healthy?
Sure, it seems silly that there’s this whole identity out there for girls to just adopt. However, as difficult as it might be to understand, this is actually really normal and not specific to generation Z. Millennials had emo kids. Generation X loved the punk rock lifestyle. Do you remember reading about the Greasers and Socs in S.E. Hinton’s books in school? It’s actually super normal developmentally for tweens and teens to adopt an identity set.
As a parent watching this trend, it could definitely be worse. When you compare her to some of the other identities young people have chosen to emulate, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief. Eco-friendly, empowered, and all about self-care is better than sex, drugs, and violence, right?
That said, if your child is adopting this or any other stereotypical “identities,” it's not a bad idea to consider ways to meet their need for belonging more authentically. You can do that by staying in touch with healthy parts of your culture and staying connected to a consistent community.
We’ve heard all about VSCO girls, but what about boys? Is there a male counterpart to the VSCO girl trend? Is there such thing as a VSCO boy?
Pretty much: there are a few references online to boys who adopt the VSCO trends, but there's no real difference. That's not surprising, considering the very new and different ways generation Z is experiencing gender. So a VSCO boy is simply a young male who adopts the VSCO trends.
VSCO Girl Gift Guide
If you know a VSCO girl, take heart in knowing she’ll be easy to shop for this holiday season. Here are a few gift ideas for the VSCO girl in your life.
- Scrunchie hair ties
- Multiple rings
- Hydroflask water bottles
- Restaraunt coupons for instagrammable meals (local, healthy, on-trend, etc.)
- Reusable straws
- Slip on Vans shoes
- Stickers for their laptops and water bottles
- Choker necklaces
- 90s era self care: ie Carmex lip balm
- Friendship bracelets
- Polaroid cameras
- Sunglasses (Check out the designer sunglasses available at SmartBuyGlasses.com!)
- Birkenstock shoes
- Glossier skincare
Another VSCO Gift Idea: Create a VSCO girl gift basket!
To create a VSCO gift basket for the VSCO boy or girl in your life, gather a bunch of the items from above to create a larger gift. Bonus points if you put them in an eco-friendly tote bag or Kanken backpack (the ultimate VSCO girl backpack, apparently?)
Have you encountered any VSCO girls? How do you feel about this trend?